About

What is the Virginia Association of Genetic Counselors?

The VaAGC is an organization that was developed in the fall of 2007 by a group of genetic counselors representing various regions in Virginia as an outgrowth of conversations begun at recent state meetings. The intended purpose of the organization is to facilitate communication among counselors in Virginia and to serve as a resource for relevant information to the public.

Virginia Genetic Counselor

Our Mission

The mission of VaAGC as outlined by our bylaws includes:

  • To increase our profession's visibility within Virginia
  • To improve collaboration and networking opportunities among genetic counselors in Virginia
  • To mobilize Virginia genetic counselors who wish to take action on issues relevant to our profession
  • To encourage professional growth and continuing education among genetic counselors in Virginia
  • To increase accessibility to and provide a centralized location for relevant information regarding genetics in Virginia

Our Vision

We aim to maximize the quality of genetic health care and to improve and promote the practice of genetic counseling in the state of Virginia.

Our History

Genetic counselors in Virginia began meeting in the 1990’s to network and discuss issues of importance to the profession. These meetings began in a small and informal way but progressed, through the efforts of many dedicated people, to a well-structured and professional format. Several members representing various regions in the state laid the groundwork for an organization that would increase the profession's visibility in the public domain and provide representation and greater networking opportunities among genetic counselors in the state.

In February 2008, the Virginia Association of Genetic Counselors (VaAGC) was established and membership was opened to all genetic counselors practicing or living in the state of Virginia. An interim Board of Directors was named to define the Association’s goals and to begin coordinating activities. The first slate of Officers was elected in October 2008 and the structure of the VaAGC rapidly began to take shape. The organization’s Bylaws, including its Mission and Vision, were written and three standing committees were formed: licensure and public policy, state meeting and education, and communications, marketing and web design. Since inception, the VaAGC has created a website, coordinated annual state education meetings, held multiple elections, and successfully obtained national grants to aid in licensure efforts. In 2012, the VaAGC became incorporated as a Virginia nonstock corporation.

WHO WE ARE

The VaAGC facilitates communication among counselors in Virginia and serves as a resource for delivering relevant information to the public.

Get in Touch

Address
PO Box 15639
1100 Battlefield Blvd
Chesapeake, VA 23328

Email
info@vaagc.com

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